Day one was a winning day at Newmarket for the Craven Meeting for Triple G, just, with Aurum winning at 11-4; Symbolization was 2nd and Kew Gardens 3rd. That wasn’t a bad run for my ante-post St Leger punt over an inadequate 1m1f staying on and he looked to me like he would come on for the run.
And so to day two of the Craven Meeting with some good stuff to enjoy again and some quite open races. A sunny day is forecast and it would be no surprise if the good-soft changes to good by the time of the first at 1.50.
The Clive Cox trained Snazzy Jazzy puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Listed bet365 European Free Handicap at 2.25 over seven. Three from three as a 2yo he signed off his 2017 campaign winning a valuable sales race at the Curragh in September and makes his seasonal reappearance on the Rowley Mile. He is feared but Chestnut gelding Folk Tale goes for Charlie Applbey and I like the look of him. By Dubai out of triple Australian Group 1 winner Canny Lass his sights are lowered here having been tried in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh last backend. He was fifth there behind Beckford who has gone well at Group One level several times since and Verbal Dexterity who went on to reverse the form when winning the G.1 National Stakes (Beckford 2nd) so he lost little in defeat. Step-up in trip should suit and if he has progressed over the winter as would have been hoped he must go close. I have the 11-2.
At 3.00 it is the Group Three bet365 Earl Of Sefton Stakes over 1m1f with a few lining-up we know a bit more about. Aidan O’Brien sends over Deauville who finished third in Group One company on three occasions last season and at his best would be pounds clear of the opposition here. That four-year-old campaign petered out a little with two average runs, one in the States and finally in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Cup in December, but it had been a long campaign having started in Dubai in March. He has to be the pick on all known form at 15-8.
At 3.35 the three-year-old fillies go for the seven furlong Group Three Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes. Aidan O'Brien saddles Dramatically who will have her supporters whilst the highest-rated runner in the field is Mark Johnston's Threading, who won her first two starts as a juvenile including the G.2 Lowther at York. I though am back on the Godolphin and Appleby bus as I like the look of Soliloquy . A Dubawi filly she shaped with bags of promise when second in Newmarket maiden in August 2017 and followed that up with cosy all-the-way win over a mile at Ascot in a Novice Stakes race in September. Reportedly they quite like her down at Moulton Paddocks the trainer saying “She's got a nice profile going into it, she was placed at Newmarket and went and won her maiden at Ascot which has worked out quite well, on soft ground. She's a filly that has done very well through the winter, her work has being very pleasing.” I have the 5-1 about her to win this.